As part of the commemorations of 100 years since the end of the First World War in November 2018, Bramley Parish Council plans to erect a sculpture of a lone soldier in the War Memorial on Main Street, Bramley. The figure will be laser cut from rusted steel and stand at around 5’5” tall, the average height of a World War I solider, on a plinth by the names of those who lost their lives in the conflict.
The solider has now been ordered and will be fitted for the celebration in November 2018. A great community spirit is evident in Bramley with the Parish Council, Bramley and Wickersley Lions, Bramley Working Men’s Club, St Francis Church, local schools and the Scouts and Guides coming together to organise events for the weekend of 11th November.
The plan is to make this a weekend of celebrations throughout the village, with a concert with World War I song and other such events. On Saturday 10th November there will be a community event at St Francis Church involving The Parish Council, Bramley Brass Band, Bramley and Wickersley Lions, Scouts and Beavers, etc.
On Sunday the 11th, the statue will be blessed and the beacon which was lit to commemorate the start of World War I will be turned off. As always Bramley Brass will play at the remembrance service on Sunday and there will be a parade of the congregation and Bramley Scouts and Guides from St Francis Church to the War Memorial.
Poppies have already been made and the school children ask to contribute their own. The Parish Council hope to display them on the Parish Hall and Youth Club and if we have enough other places in the village, taking inspiration from those displayed at the tower on London. They have already received many knitted poppies to be added to the collection. This is a lovely tie-in, as socks were knitted in the Parish Hall during World War I and sent to the troops.
A workshop to teach people how to make their own poppies is to be held at St Francis’ Church, Main Street, Bramley on Saturday 9th June, from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Please contact Bramley Parish Council, St Francis Church or Bramley and Wickersley Lions to find out how you can help.